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THE LAMPLIGHTER

Anima Mundi

 

Symphonic Prog

3.85 | 132 ratings

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poito
5 stars I was curious about what this Cuban symphonic prog band would release after the excellent THE WAY. This Lamplighter is a concept album, less pretentious, less bombastic than former works, but it is a major work; in my view the most accomplished by the band so far, and more digestible too. Most tracks are 3-6 min long, a good timing to digest the hyper-complex music by Roberto Diaz and company, in which one rarely finds a musical motif or a variation that repeats twice. In this album, the new singer Farrath is much better suited for prog music than former insipid Sosa. He sings borrowing from the different vocals of early King Crimson, Wetton, Lake, etc, but never below them, always in site, deep and filling. Keybords and guitar are great, and the drums, finally the band has enrolled a drummer JM Govin who knows what prog requires. In a way the band completed the right combination of components to develop their musical ideas. It is now full grown, maybe it took a bit too long, but it was worth the waiting. The entire album is a tribute to 70's King Crimson, but with own character in the composition. The album is a masterpiece of symphonic prog, music for the more demanding prog fans, they found the formula to express their traditional exuberant creativity in the right tempo without stressing the listener, as it used to happen in some of their earlier works. You'll find some prog gems here, like the longest track Endless Star, a three part instrumental that is pure delight. It may take a few turns before one can enjoy fully the thousand ideas contained in this release, unless you are a fan of the Rey Carmesí
poito | 5/5 |

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